Hofbrauhaus, Munich, Germany

Every trip to Munich should include a stop by the Hofbrahaus. Even if you don’t drink you should stop by to see the decor and get a feeling of old school Germany. I was amazed at the art on the ceiling. For some I thought the Hofbrahaus would be much bigger. Don’t get me wrong…it is big…but I had images in my head of it being more like the one in Las Vegas. Lol! We spent a little bit more tome there than what we thought we would. But, met some fun people. One couple joined us on our tour of castle Neuschwanstein the next day.

Love this big beer. Don’t like how I look in it! The weather is much drier than Florida. And I admit, we had been to a couple of other pubs before this one. It shows.

The locals have a table specially reserved for them. Next time…we are dressing up!


Neuschwanstein Castle

We drove from Munich to castle Neuschwanstein…I still struggle to say it. King Ludwig loves swans…and swan is in the name so that will help you in the future. Anyway, the drive was about two hours. You could feel the temp drop as we got closer to the castle. If you follow my posts you may notice a passion to view old mansions, churches and castles. As I reflect…many of those famous homes are not lived in very long by the person that built them. King Ludwig became king at a very young age. I would say he was eclectic and grand….with a touch of gaudy. He liked to live at night. From what I can tell he had a fascination with a male artist. After watching the Freddie Mercury story on the plane over to Germany…I am guessing King Ludwig was gay. They were similar. Touring the castle was not what I expected. You don’t see much of the castle because it wasn’t completed by the time they found King Ludwig and his psychiatrist dead in the lake. We were not allowed to take pictures inside the castle. I will post a link to the pictures. We were able to visit the servant quarters, the kings quarters, a room with a stage, a podium for a future throne and the kitchen. As you look around many things were shaped like a crown with bright jewels, for example the chandeliers. And the detail on hardware was evident…many shaped as swans.

Important advice! Buy your tickets online. The line to buy a ticket was very long. And you may end up on a tour hours later. Or maybe no tour may be available the rest of the day.

Poles in the villages that have symbol for trades/jobs you will find there.

Look closely, you will see the castle.

If your tour is not for a couple of hours. There is a restaurant up close to the castle. We stopped there for beer and pretzels. I. The way down from the castle we stopped for doughnuts.

Next door is the castle King Ludwig grew up in.

Follow the path to the back of the castle. There you will find this very high bridge. With the best shot of the castle.

Looking down from the bridge.

Beautiful view of the castle from the bridge.


Munich, Germany

Saturday we drove from Mainz to Munich. I LOVE Munich. So beautiful. Old historical buildings and a 910 acre English Garden with many canals…and believe it or not…surfers. We spent quite a bit of time in the market place and ended the night with big beers at Hofbrahaus.

Surfers in the canals!

I couldn’t stop looking at this building. So beautiful. Look toward the top of picture at the Glockenspiel. There are 32 life size figures. The figures come to life 3 times a day. The glockenspiel tells of 2 different stories. The top celebrates the marriage of Duke Wilhelm V to Renata of Lothringen. The bottom are performing the Schäfflertanz dance. This dance is only performed live every seven years. The Schäffler journeyman started this tradition of dancing to renew sense of joy in the city after the plague of 1517 was over. Munich lost half of almost 20,000 of their city to the plague.


Mainz, Germany 2019

Matthias is off to work. I have time to post some pics from the weekend. We were just in Mainz September last year so there will be an additional post for the 2018 trip.

Friday night we walked around Mainz. We stopped by a cute old restaurant hoping they would be serving white asparagus…and they were. It was a small restaurant run by a cute couple in their 70’s? The Mrs. recommended that we order ham and potatoes with our asparagus. It was the best meal I have ever had in Germany. We continued our night walking around the city and came across a wine festival. We met some new friends there. After a couple of hours we decided to go back to the hotel. We were hoping to get up early and drive to Munich. We were not on the road as early as we hoped.